Passage: Job 26, 27 (RSV)

Job 26

1Then Job answered:
2"How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength!
3How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
4With whose help have you uttered words, and whose spirit has come forth from you?
5The shades below tremble, the waters and their inhabitants.
6Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.
7He stretches out the north over the void, and hangs the earth upon nothing.
8He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them.
9He covers the face of the moon, and spreads over it his cloud.
10He has described a circle upon the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.
11The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astounded at his rebuke.
12By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding he smote Rahab.
13By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways; and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

Job 27

1And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2"As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter;
3as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
4my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6I hold fast my righteousness, and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
7"Let my enemy be as the wicked, and let him that rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life?
9Will God hear his cry, when trouble comes upon him?
10Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?
11I will teach you concerning the hand of God; what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
13"This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage which oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword; and his offspring have not enough to eat.
15Those who survive him the pestilence buries, and their widows make no lamentation.
16Though he heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay;
17he may pile it up, but the just will wear it, and the innocent will divide the silver.
18The house which he builds is like a spider's web, like a booth which a watchman makes.
19He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more; he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood; in the night a whirlwind carries him off.
21The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22It hurls at him without pity; he flees from its power in headlong flight.
23It claps its hands at him, and hisses at him from its place.

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